Eskom will be implementing Stage 1 load shedding on Friday (19 November 2021), at present the load shedding is only scheduled for Friday from 05:00 until 21:00.
Eskom had re-introduced Stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday afternoon but it was suspended on Thursday evening at 21:00. This is due to Eskom managing to return eight generating units to service.
“This together with loadshedding has allowed us to recover the dam levels at the pump storage stations and suspend loadshedding at 21:00 tonight. Unfortunately, diesel tank levels at three of the four OCGT power stations remain low and therefore, Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 to 21:00 on Friday 19 November,” said spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
“A unit each at Camden, Komati, Majuba, Tutuka, Matla and Medupi power stations as well as two units at Matimba Power Station was returned to service. One generating unit at Duvha Power Station was taken out of service for boiler tube leak repairs. Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 605MW while planned maintenance is 3 604MW of capacity,” said Mantshantsha.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said that so far it looked like there would be no load shedding over the weekend.
“At this point in time, the outlook for the rest of the weekend is quite stable as long as nothing else goes awry. We are dependent however on units returning, and therefore we will be giving an update at 16h00 to confirm that we are going ahead as planned,” said De Ruyter.
Eskom also apologized for any inconvenience the implementation of load shedding has caused the country.It also requested for residents to reduce the usage of electricity in order to assist them with constraints.
Eskom further stated should there be any significant changes to the power system, it would communicate promptly regarding the issue.
Sources: IOL, MSN
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